The Tennessee Department of Correction selected the Orlando office of architecture, engineering, planning, and interiors firm DLR Group to design a new $145 million corrections facility in southeast Tennessee.
Evidence-based design is the meticulous, precise and sensible application of research in the design of a secure environment that yields operational safety, security, efficacy and sustainability. It contributes to inmate rehabilitation, supports staff retention and recruitment and delivers measurable reductions in the rate of recidivism and cost of inmate care.
In today’s corrections marketplace, risk remains prevalent and unexpected circumstances can compromise the success of even the most well-planned projects. Many of the circumstances that kill a project can be beyond the control of the project manager or owner. To compensate, design and construction contract language was developed to mitigate the financial risk.
Officials issued solicitations for a proposed 1,536-bed facility that would be the largest prison in the state. The state Department of Administration, Department of Corrections and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough council recently negotiated design-build requirements for the $250 million state prison project, which will be sited on borough-owned land in Point MacKenzie, says Ted Kinney of the DOC.